Welcome to the Ojima Research Group Website
Synthetic Organic and Medicinal Chemistry at the Biomedical Interface



Discovery and development of new and potent anticancer agents, antibacterial agents, anti-inflammatory agents, and various enzyme inhibitors are the major research interests in Professor Ojima's laboratory. Integration of all relevant chemistry and biological tools, including computational biology (docking, in silico screening, molecular dynamics), chemical biology (protein expression, enzyme assays, fluorescence labeling), cell biology (cell culture, cytotoxicity assay, fluorescent confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, transmission and scanning electron microscopy), has successfully been realized in this program. Naturally, this research program is promoted in close collaboration with cell biologists, oncologists, microbiologist, pharmacologists, hematologists, toxicologists, etc., as well as the  Division of Laboratory Animals Resources for in vivo efficacy evaluations. The Ojima Laboratory has also been exploring and developing new synthetic methodologies, especially based on catalytic organic transformations, including enantioselective processes, cyclohydrocarbonylations and higher order cycloadditions and carbocyclizations, which provide the basis for the efficient syntheses of biologically active substances of medicinal interest, such as those anticancer and antibacterial agents mentioned above.

2019 Group Photo
Group News and Announcements









Congratulations, Jinwoo Kim! Our fourth year graduate student was selected to receive the KASF (Korean American Scholarship Foundation) scholarship!



Congratulations to Yi Sun for receiving his doctoral degree in Chemistry! He took a position in STA Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd (a subsidiary of WuXi AppTech in San Diego)!

 Yi Sun

Welcome! Fulbright Scholar, Greta Klejborowska, as a Visiting Graduate Student from Adam Mickiewicz University, PoznaƄ, Poland joined the Ojima Laboratory. She is in the final year of her Ph.D. study in Poland and will spend one year in the Ojima Laboratory to work on the tumor-targeted drug conjugates of natural product-based anticancer agents to complete her Ph.D. Thesis. 


Congratulations to Atri Maharaj, Julia Zambito and Peter Alsaloum for graduation with distinctions! 

Atri Maharaj: ACS Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry, American Chemical Society 

Julia Zambito: Chemistry Award for Outstanding Service by an Undergraduate

Peter Alsaloum: Ward Melville Valedictorian Award; SUNY Chancellors Award for Student Excellence.


Congratulations to Dr. Krupa Haranahalli for being awarded the Young Academic Inventors Award from the Stony Brook University Chapter of the National Acedemy of Inventors (SBU-NAI)


Undergraduate students Julia Zambito and Peter Alsaloum recieved the Undergraduate Recognition Award! Congratulations!


Ph.D. Students Frank Wang and Chuanzhou Zhu join the Ojima Research Group.




Congratulations!!! Professor Ojima was named the recipient of the prestigious Ernest Guenther Award in the Chemistry of Natural Products by the American Chemical Society.  (See More)


 Iwao Guenther

Congratulations and Farewell. Dr. Changwei Wang assumes a postdoctoral associate position at the Professor Shaomeng Wang's laboratory, Pharmacology, School of Medicine, University of Michigan. He keeps an Affiliated Member status in the Ojima Research Laboratory. 

Congratulations and Farewell. Dr. Yao Zong joins Angion Biomedica Corp., Uniondale, New York as an industrial postdoctoral associate.



Ph.D. student, Adam Taouil, joined the Ojima Research Laboratory. 

Congratulations! Timothy Clement successfully defended his M.S. He continues his graduate study as Ph.D. student. 

Congratulations and Farewell. Dr. Su Yan assumes a postdoctoral associate position at the Professor Martin D. Burke's laboratory, Chemistry, University of Illinois Urbama-Champaign.


August 19:

Ojima Research Lab. Reunion luncheon was held during the 256th ACS National Meeting in Boston (see Photo Gallery). Yi Sun and Monaf Awwa presented their papers at the meeting.


August 7:

Simons Summer Research Program Symposium was held. Anjali Chakradhar, Erta Kuri and Rachel Li presented their posters.

 Simons Symposium


Congratulations and Farewell. Dr. Yaozhong Zhang joins Adesis, Inc., New Castle, Delaware as a Staff Research Chemist. 

Dr. Antonella Pepe joins the Ojima Research Laboratory as Research Scientist and Chemistry Department as Visiting Associate Professor.

Ojima Lab. Mini-Reunion in Paris, July 28, 2018.  Paris Reunion 2018

Professor Ojima was invited to the International Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry at Oxford University, UK.

He also had a Mini-Reunion with Professor Clare Grey at Cambridge University

 Cambridge 2018

June 29:

Annual BBQ Party (see Photo Gallery)




Commencement, Chemistry Department Convocation: Congratulations to Jingcheng Ren (M.S.), Anna Panapakides (B.S.) and Senuri Pathiranage (B.S.)!  Senuri and Anna graduated with honors (cum laude). (see Photo Gallery) May 18


Doctoral Hooding Ceremony for Ph.Ds.: Congratulations Su Yan, Yaozhong Zhang and Yao Zong! (see Photo Gallery) May 17


Professor Ojima was invited to an International Symposium on Organofluorine Chemistry in Nanjing, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Guangzhou, and the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), Shenzen, China to give lectures and receive an honorary lectureship from SUSTech.

 SUSTech lecture 2018

April 25:

EUREKA Symposium was held. Sarika Hira, Peter Alsaloum and Sanuri Pathiranage presented their posters.

 EUREKA 2018


Farewell. Dr. Yunrong Jing, Visiting Scientist, completed her very productive sabbatical at the Ojima Research Lab, returning to China.

Congratulations and Farewell. Dr. Xin Wang joins Genesco, Cambridge, MA, as Staff Research Chemist.


March 18: 

Ojima Research Lab. Reunion Luncheon was held during the 255th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans (see Photo Gallery). Yunrong Jing, Krupanadan Haranahalli, Su Yan, Yaozhong Zhang and Julia Zambito presented their papers at the meeting. 



Ph.D. student, Lei Chen, as well as a B.S./M.S. student, Jingon Riu joined the Ojima Research Laboratory. 


January 10: 

Ojima Research Lab. Mini-Reunion luncheon was held in Guangzhou, China during Professor Ojima's visit to the Chinese Academy of Sciences Guangzhou Institute for Biomedicine and Health (GIBH). (See More)



The Ojima Research Laboratory



ojima nai



Congratulations to Professor Ojima for being awarded the 2019 ACS Earnest Guenther Award for exemplary work in the field of Natural Products Chemistry!

 "Quest for Scientific Excitement at the Multidisciplinary Interface of Chemistry, Biology, and Medicine."

For more photos please "Click Here"! 

SBU Symposium 

Stony Brook Symposium on
"Chemical Synthesis in Life Sciences"
June 5-6, 2015, Charles B. Wang Center
Celebrating the Achievements of Professor Iwao Ojima on the Occasion of His 70th Birthday
For more information please "Click Here"!
For more photos please "Click Here"! 

Selected Plenary and Invited Lectures in International Meetings since 2005Selected Plenary and Invited Lectures in International Meetings since 2005

Department of Chemistry, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York 11794-3400 Phone: (631) 632-7890